Police Issue Fresh Appeal For Stolen Puppy

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A week after she was taken from outside her home in East Haddon, Northamptonshire Police have re-issued an appeal for help in finding Cocker spaniel, Poppy.

The chocolate brown puppy disappeared just before 4.30pm on Wednesday 21st September. Police believe she may have been taken to the Harlow area of Essex later that day but a week later she could be anywhere in the country.

“I can’t describe how awful the last few days have been,” says Poppy’s owner, Gilly. “We miss Poppy desperately. There’s a huge, gaping hole in our lives at the moment. All we care about is getting Poppy home where she belongs. There is a no-questions-asked reward for Poppy’s safe return.”

A Facebook page was started within hours of Poppy’s disappearance. It has been visited by millions and the pinned post describing Poppy’s appearance has been shared 55,000 times.

“Amid the despair and sadness we feel, I can’t describe how touched we’ve been by the response to Poppy being taken,” says Gilly. “The kindness of people, many of whom are complete strangers, has been truly humbling.”

Poppy is nearly six months old but small for her age. She is microchipped and docked. She has a few white hairs under her bottom lip and was wearing a red collar when she disappeared.

The family are appealing for anybody with any information, however insignificant they believe it might be, to please come forward.

“We’d also ask that whoever has Poppy now – even if you bought her in good faith – to please leave her somewhere safe, such as a vets, or to get in touch with us. We don’t care about the who or the why she was taken, we just need Poppy back home with her family,” says James, Gilly’s partner.

The Find Poppy Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/FindCockerSpanielPoppy/

Twitter @FindPoppyCocker

Northamptonshire’s Police appeal can be seen at: https://www.northants.police.uk/#!/News/28808

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Corrie’s Ozzy Death Set To Devastate Soap Fans This Week

Corrie star Samia Smith aka Maria Connor with her on screen dog Ozzy

Corrie star Samia Smith aka Maria Connor with her on screen dog Ozzy

Soaps’ biggest pet star since Schmeichel, Ozzy, Maria Connor’s black Labrador, has filmed his last scenes and is due to leave Coronation Street this week in one of 2016’s saddest soap storylines.

The loss of Ozzy, who has been charming his way into the hearts of viewers over the past nine years, will be felt by his co-stars.

Samia Ghadie, who plays Maria said: “I’ve been recording one of the saddest scenes I’ve ever done in my 17 years at Corrie. We say a sad goodbye to a well-loved member of the cast.

“When I first read the scripts I was in tears so getting to film them has just sent me off. You may need your tissues when they air.”

However, the emotional effects will also be felt by the nation too and the loss of a pet is not to be underestimated. In a report* by Pets at Home, 40% of Brits said they would ask their boss for a day off work to grieve over the death of a pet.

Leading international psychologist, Wendy Dignan, who practices in Harley Street and Wilmslow explained: “We emotionally engage with dogs on TV as we know that they are more authentic than a person playing a part – especially a dog on screen which appears frequently and over a long period of time.

“People are emotional stakeholders of the soaps they immerse themselves in, so the loss of a dog on a TV show will feel surprisingly very real.

“Part of the unique attachment we form to pets – dogs in particular – is because we feel that they have ‘no agenda’. A dog’s love is given unconditionally and endlessly. Research shows that we view the bond with a dog as more authentic or truthful than those we form with humans. When people watch shows with dogs, we don’t have the same filter we do with humans who are merely acting, as we perceive dogs to be more ‘honest’.”

Dr. Maeve Moorcroft, Veterinary Advisor for Pets at Home, said: “Owners who experience the loss of a pet should take time to grieve and not rush into replacing their pet straight away. Allowing yourself to go through the grieving process is really important and if that means asking for a day off to grieve and make necessary arrangements such as burial or cremation then so be it.”

On a more positive note, the passing of a pet can actually prepare children for loss of people close to them in later life. A third of parents (33%) questioned in the study** said that their child’s experience of a pet passing away had helped them come to terms with the death of a family member or friend.

*Pet Report of 3,000 people in the UK commissioned by Pets at Home and carried out by ONEPoll 2011
**Pet Report of 4,321 people in the UK commissioned by Pets at Home in 2015

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Chico, The dog With A ‘Spare’ Rib

Chico with vet Emily Frazer and the rib bone he swallowed

Chico with vet Emily Frazer and the rib bone he swallowed

PDSA vets were gobsmacked that Chico, a one-year-old Mastiff-type, had managed to wolf down a spare rib bone without causing himself an injury.

The x-ray below of mischievous Chico appears to show a ‘spare rib’. But the anomaly was actually down to the greedy pet swallowing a six-inch cow rib bone whole.

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Susie Hermit, Senior Vet at PDSA’s Glasgow Shamrock Street Pet Hospital, said: “I’ve never seen an x-ray like it before, the position of the bone really did look like Chico had an extra rib!

“Amazingly he’d managed to swallow the bone whole but didn’t seem to be in any pain. However, we knew we had to carry out emergency surgery to remove it because it could have caused a life-threatening tear to his stomach or intestines.”

Chico’s owner, Craig Anderson (41), from Newlands, Glasgow, said he had bought the rib bone as a treat for his beloved pet.

“I thought if I supervised him it would be fine but he literally swallowed it in one mouthful.

“He seemed fine but I knew he wouldn’t be able to digest it properly so I took him straight to PDSA.”

Thankfully, Chico has gone on to make a full recovery, although bones are now firmly off the menu.

Craig added: “I was so worried while he was in the operating theatre. It’s a miracle the bone didn’t cause any damage. I’m so grateful to PDSA for the amazing care they gave to Chico, it’s something I’ll never forget.

“It goes without saying but I don’t give bones to him anymore after this. It’s definitely a case of once bitten twice shy.”

Susie added: “Chico is very lucky. We don’t recommend bones to be given as treats because they can cause digestive tract damage and blockages. Surgery is usually needed to remove the blockage and, in some cases, the damage is so serious that it can be fatal.”

Thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, PDSA is educating pet owners about pets eating inappropriate foods and objects, and how to keep their animals safe.

Bones were the most common items removed from pets’ stomachs by PDSA vets last year, with 59 cases seen. Other strange items swallowed by pets include stones (28 cases) and corn on the cob (29).

PDSA vets say training pets from a young age in basic commands like ‘drop’ and ‘leave’ can help to get them to let go of inappropriate objects if you catch them in the act.

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Newest Political Puss Adopted By Defra Minister George Eustice MP

George Eustice MP with Gus. Credit: Anna Branthwaite

George Eustice MP with Gus. Credit: Anna Branthwaite

Black-and-white puss Gus has become the latest in a long line of political cats after being adopted from Cats Protection by Government Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, George Eustice MP.

The three-year-old caught the eye of the politician and wife Katy when they visited the charity’s Mitcham Homing Centre in Surrey to find a new pet.

Gus, who was handed into the charity because his owner was moving and could no longer keep him, is now settling into his new home with the Minister and his wife.

The long-haired moggy joins an illustrious list to bring a feline touch to political households, including Downing Street’s Larry, former Chancellor George Osborne’s Freya, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s El Gato and resident mousers Gladstone and Palmerston, now living at the Treasury and Foreign Office respectively.

Mr Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth & Hayle, said: “Gus, the newest addition to our family, took all of twenty minutes to settle into his new home and stretch out on the sofa. All the team at Cats Protection were fabulous and the rehoming centre was immaculate. Charities like this do great work.”

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat charity, helping over 500 cats and kittens per day through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres.

Cats Protection’s Mitcham Homing Centre’s Deputy Manager Rosie King said it was clear that Gus would make a perfect pet for George and Katy.

gus-the-cat-credit-anna-branthwaiteShe said: “Gus has such a lovely temperament and he made a beeline for George and his wife as soon as he saw them. Within five minutes, he had plonked himself on their laps and was purring away. In hindsight, I think it was more a case of Gus choosing them than the other way round!

“George and Katy went away overnight to think it over but were back in the morning to collect Gus – he had certainly left an impression.

“Like many cats, Gus has a lovely, calming presence so we know he will be well suited to a political household. We’re thrilled they’ve found each other, and wish Gus all the best in his new life.”

Cats Protection’s Advocacy Manager Jacqui Cuff said the charity works closely with Government on issues affecting cat welfare in the UK, in particular Defra, which has responsibility for animal welfare issues.

She said: “We’re thrilled George has decided to adopt from Cats Protection, and we wish his family and Gus all the best as they get to know each other. Cats Protection has thousands of cats in its care across the UK, all waiting for their second chance in life, so we hope lovely Gus will inspire more potential owners to adopt from us.

“Cats are much-loved pets and form a vital part of households across the UK, with around a quarter of households owning one. Yet despite their popularity, charities such as ours see growing numbers of unwanted or abandoned cats, as well as very sick kittens being sold online.

“We always encourage prospective owners to consider adopting from a charity such as Cats Protection, and in particular to consider an adult cat such as Gus. Whilst kittens are always popular, there are many benefits to adopting an adult cat rather than a kitten – they are normally calmer, more settled and as their character is fully formed, you can see how well they would fit in with the household.”

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New Study: 1 In 60 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Affected By Serious Brain Disease

cavaliers-groupCavalier King Charles Spaniels are sweet and adorable little dogs that are loved by the general public, with one currently even starring in ITV’s Victoria. A new veterinary research initiative at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has for the first time revealed that one in 60 Cavaliers are affected by an inherited condition called syringomyelia.

Cavaliers are especially predisposed to this potentially debilitating, painful and life-limiting spinal cord condition. Syringomyelia is characterised by fluid filled cavities called syrinxes within the spinal cord which, as they grow, cause pain and neurological deficits. Dog breeds that are miniaturised and short-nosed are more prone to syringomyelia, but Cavaliers are believed to be the most commonly affected breed.

Until now, there has been little reliable evidence on the frequency and severity of syringomyelia in the overall dog population and this has limited vets’ ability to diagnose and manage this condition.

However, an initiative called VetCompass from the RVC has now revolutionised the ability of scientists to investigate the health of companion animals. VetCompass collects anonymised clinical data from first opinion veterinary clinics across the UK. These data can be analysed to answer a wide variety of health questions that have been unanswerable until now.

A recent VetCompass study published in the Veterinary Record journal highlights for the first time the frequency and severity of syringomyelia seen in general practice in the UK. At an overall dog population level, syringomyelia is not that common, affecting just one in 2,000 dogs. But among Cavaliers, the frequency of syringomyelia is much higher, affecting one in every 60 of the breed. VetCompass data reveals that almost 2,000 Cavaliers suffer from clinical syringomyelia in the UK at any one time.

For many years, scientists have struggled to identify the true extent and severity of diseases seen in the wider general dog population because the main source of veterinary health data on dogs has come from universities and referral hospitals.

While this referral data is useful, the types of animals and conditions that are referred to these referral centres is unrepresentative of the wider dog population so it is very difficult to extrapolate any findings to the general population. It is mainly complex conditions and severely affected individuals that get referred. In contrast, the vast majority of animals are managed perfectly well by the primary vet practitioners without ever being referred or even being ill at any one time. VetCompass has revolutionised the way this first opinion veterinary data is collected and investigated.

Syringomyelia is a severe condition for affected dogs, with the VetCompass study showing that 72% of affected dogs were recorded as showing pain. The study showed that these dogs would often yelp or scream when they were picked up or when their necks were touched. Many of them also showed ‘phantom scratching’ where they would try to scratch at their necks with their hindlegs but without ever even making contact with the skin. Some people refer to this action as ‘playing an air guitar’.

There are now effective painkillers and other treatments that can make the lives of affected dogs much better, so earlier diagnosis can make a huge difference to the quality of life of these adorable little dogs.

The RVC is urging owners and vets alike to be aware of the symptoms and seek medical advice if their Cavalier is showing signs typical of syringomyelia, so that clinically affected dogs can be recognised and treated earlier and better. Symptoms include:

· Sensitivity around the head and neck area

· Sleeping with the head raised

· Scratching or pawing the head or neck region

· Weak limbs

· Deafness

Dr Dan O’Neill, Companion Animal Epidemiologist at the RVC, said:

“I loved being a first opinion practice vet for over 20 years where I could help animals on a one-by-one basis. But now, with VetCompass, we can help animals by their thousands. An example is this syringomyelia study which may lead to many affected dogs getting treatment much earlier and therefore making their lives so much better.”

Professor Holger Volk, Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery, said:

“These VetCompass data are an eye-opener; we very frequently see Cavaliers with clinical signs of syringomyelia at RVC’s referral hospital but now we know how common it is in the real world, outside of the referral world.”

Dr Ludovic Pelligand, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology and Anaesthesia, said:

“VetCompass allows us to identify how Cavalier King Charles affected by syringomyelia are treated for pain every day, nationwide. This will help us to understand optimal management and we are currently working on new ways to monitor pain and working towards developing new treatment options to further improve their pain relief and quality of life in the future”.

Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, Head of Health and Research at The Kennel Club, said:

“VetCompass demonstrates the importance of good quality data collection to help identify the impact of health conditions in companion animals, and demonstrates one of the many ways that the veterinary community can support dog health.

“Raising awareness in the veterinary community and the wider public of important diseases, and steps they can take to reduce the risk of these diseases, is key to tackling them in a collaborative way. Whether a dog is Kennel Club registered or not, there are resources out there to support good breeding practices, such as screening for Chiari Malformation / Syringomyelia (CM/SM) under the British Veterinary Association and Kennel Club’s CM/SM scheme before using a dog for breeding.”

Tania Ledger, owner of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a founder of Cavalier Matters said:

“My experience is that dogs with syringomyelia can live relatively normal lives provided they are managed carefully. This means having an understanding of the disease and what role the medication and lifestyle plays. With increased awareness of the condition by owners and vets, the lives of these special little dogs can be helped immeasurably. I set up Cavalier Matters to simply try and help where we can. We work tirelessly to raise both funds and awareness of syringomyelia in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.”

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How To Avoid Buying From Puppy Farm Breeders

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Last week was The Kennel Club’s Puppy Awareness Week, which aims to make sure that puppies live healthy, happy lives with suitable owners by spreading the ‘be puppy aware’ message.

Andrew Bucher, Chief Veterinary Officer at MedicAnimal, a leading online pet retailer, has issued some important tips on how to avoid buying a puppy farm bred pup.

Puppy farms are intensive puppy breeding establishments which are generally kept in poor condition and have little or no regard for the wellbeing of the dogs and puppies. This can lead to puppies that are completely unsociable, prone to disease, have behavioural issues, and inherit chronic conditions.

Andrew said: “Unfortunately it can be very difficult to know whether a puppy has been bred on one of these farms. These puppies are transported from the farm to various national destinations and dealers that then sell them online, to pet shops or meet with potential buyers in public places such as car parks. If you do have suspicions about a seller, always contact your local authority.”

Here are Andrew’s tips:

1. Meet the parents: or at the very least – the mother. If the seller finds an excuse such as the mother is on a walk or at the vets, say you will wait until she is back. It is also unusual to be shown the puppies one at a time, you should be able to view the puppies all together with their mummy. I also suggest you ask to see the kennelling conditions.

2. Health: Check that the mother has been wormed during pregnancy; if the breeder cannot tell you the regime they followed then be suspicious that they did not do it. Many worms are passed ‘in utero’ and puppies can therefore be born with them. Do the same for a flea prevention record. Ask to see their vaccination record; at a minimum they should have the primary booster.

3. Multiple litters: if the seller says that all the puppies are sold but that there a couple more litters on the way with available puppies, this is most probably a puppy farm. Similarly, if the seller is offering multiple breeds then this should be a bad sign. Reputable breeders focus on one breed 99% of the time.

4. Price: Be suspicious of anyone offering free delivery of the pup or if the pure breed pup is way too cheap (£100-150) or way too expensive (£2,000+). From a little bit of research you should be able to tell whether the price is wrong.

5. Pedigree gamble: If you wish to buy a pure-bred, then visit The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme for a list of registered breeders. Be prepared to potentially wait a long time, as healthy pure breeds are highly sought after. Please also consider the level of genetic inbreeding within your chosen breed. Be aware of the problems pure breeds can have and be prepared to pay insurance for them. Do NOT be fooled by a Kennel Club pedigree certificate – these can be easily forged. If in doubt, check with the Kennel Club.

6. Adopt a rescue: However, your first stop should be at a registered shelter as many puppies end up being abandoned here as a result of overbreeding or being unable to find a new owner in time. These pups will have been checked by a vet, are vaccinated, wormed and deserve a second chance!

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Lucky Hamster Rescued From Magpie Attack

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The RSPCA is caring for a lucky little hamster that was rescued from a magpie in Somerset.

The animal welfare charity was called on Tuesday (13 September) morning to reports of a hamster being attacked by a magpie in a garden in Priory Avenue, Taunton.

The quick-thinking caller managed to rescue the little rodent from the bird and took her to safety, keeping her in a large shoe box until the RSPCA arrived.

RSPCA inspector Peter Barton collected the adult hamster – now named Maggie – and took her to the charity’s West Hatch Animal Centre in Taunton where she is now being cared for.

Anita Clark, deputy manager at West Hatch, said: “Maggie is being treated for superficial wounds at the moment but apart from these injuries and some missing nails, she seems to be okay.

“She is a little wary of being handled at the moment but that’s not surprising given her frightening ordeal and her run-in with the magpie!

“She’s a very lucky lady!”

If no one comes forward to claim Maggie then she will be available for rehoming. If you’d like to give her a home, please contact West Hatch by calling 0300 123 0747.

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).

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New Campaign Launches Today To Target Cruel UK Puppy Trade

P – Parent – Is the puppy with its mum?
U – Underage – Has the puppy reached the legal age for sale?
P – Papers – Are all of the puppy’s papers available and in order?
S – Sickness – Is the puppy healthy and energetic?

A new public awareness campaign launches today by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to target the growing problem of the illicit and cruel UK puppy trade.

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The P.U.P.S campaign targets the cruel puppy trade

The puppy industry is booming, but with many UK breeders and puppy smugglers across Europe producing puppies solely for profit, all too often these animals suffer serious illness or behavioural problems later in life. Others, sadly, do not survive.

Many people are unaware that the puppy they are buying may have been farmed in squalid conditions and taken from its mother too soon (before eight weeks of age) before being transported a great distance by dodgy dealers with little or no thought for its health or welfare. The mothers suffer greatly too, being made to produce litter after litter of puppies until they have outlived their usefulness.

IFAW has devised a useful guide, P.U.P.S, for anyone looking to buy a puppy, to ensure they know what to look for to avoid buying an unhealthy, possibly puppy farmed animal.

The P.U.P.S mnemonic, below, is accompanied by a kitsch, online mock advert for a children’s toy, the Suzy puppy. The short film depicts a young girl’s delight at her new toy puppy, but mirroring the grim reality of the puppy industry she quickly discovers that her seemingly perfect pup is in fact suffering a great deal.

Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW, said: “As a nation of dog lovers, none of us wants to be part of the cruel puppy industry. I am sure people will be shocked to find out that many much-loved pet dogs in the UK have suffered a horrible start in life with ill effects that may last through their lifetime.

“In the worst scenarios, owners suffer too when their much-loved puppy quickly gets sick and dies. This is the reality of the heartless UK puppy trade. IFAW always advocates adopting a happy and healthy puppy or dog in need of a home from your local shelter. But for those who wish to buy from a breeder, we believe our P.U.P.S campaign arms people with the information they need to make the right choice.”

P – Parent – Is the puppy with its mum?
U – Underage – Has the puppy reached the legal age for sale?
P – Papers – Are all of the puppy’s papers available and in order?
S – Sickness – Is the puppy healthy and energetic?

IFAW’s P.U.P.S film can be viewed here:

Although the film contains no puppy footage, some viewers may find the content shocking or upsetting, because sadly the puppy trade is just that.

The film will be screened at a parliamentary reception for MPs and key decision makers tomorrow where IFAW will continue to call for legislative change to better protect puppies.

Mansbridge added: “IFAW stands firmly against the large-scale, low welfare commercial breeding of puppies for profit. We want to see an end to third-party sales and the introduction of tougher and better enforced licensing to tackle this cruel trade. We also urge members of the public to remember P.U.P.S and spread the message to others.”

Denise’s story…

This is the account of Denise who bought a puppy from someone who did not care about the welfare of the puppy, provided false documentation and sold a puppy that was sick and dying. She has kindly shared her very personal experience with us.

Denise explained: “Yes it is very difficult to put into words, but I will if it helps stop the vile people who cause such misery or prevents another family going through what we went through.

“We asked about the mother in our initial call and she said it was her brother’s family pet, he had gone on holiday and taken her with them. This lady had the pups (only 2 were left) as they were too young to travel and ready to go to new homes.

“She had pictures of both parents in the pedigree document. With the breeder pack that came with the puppy, you could register for a free bag of food with Royal Canin. I did this the day I brought him. When he was sick the vet asked me to ring the breeder for details of when the mother had her parvo injections. But the mobile number no longer worked.

“I contacted Royal Canin for details of the breeder attached to the registration, they couldn’t give it to me directly, but they contacted the breeder on my behalf when they knew the pup was sick. The breeder agreed that Royal Canin could give me her details. I rang her and she was devastated at what had happened and it was clear she was not involved and they were using her details fraudulently. After speaking to the genuine breeder I contacted the Police and the RSPCA.”

Denise added: “After we lost the pup I could not face having another one, but after about eight months I contacted the breeder who had been so kind to me and she had a litter of pups and offered us one at a reduced cost. We made sure he had all his vaccines before we had him, he is my joy. After a year or so we brought another pup from her, both are very fit and well.

“I don’t know how to protect others from making the mistake we made, as they had genuine sounding reasons for the mother not being there and they had all the relevant breeder information, they even included a bag of puppy food. The puppy was not cheap and I got a receipt, but none of this helped when he lay in the vets on a drip for 24 hours before he died. As this happened so quickly we had no pet insurance and when he died we were totally devastated and then had to pay some very expensive vet bills.”

Denise’s experience clearly shows the extent to which some people will go to sell puppies in the UK and the pain and heartache this can cause. IFAW would recommend that that you follow PUPS guidelines when looking at a puppy.

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COMPETITION: WIN A Custom Designed Greeting Card Of Your Pet – Worth £250!

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One lucky Pets Magazine reader is in with the chance of winning a unique greeting card of their pet by one of thortful’s independent established designers.

Thortful is an ethical greeting card company set up to support independent artists and designers around the world to provide the best way to buy and personalise the perfect greeting card via their website or their free to download app. Typically, to take independent commissions, the designers that work with thortful charge upwards of £250, but thortful are giving this amazing opportunity away to one of our readers absolutely free.

As well as having your pet immortalized by an established designer and the card bearing their image with be available to purchase worldwide, thortful will also send the winner 10 of the designed cards to use or keep as they wish.

TO ENTER:

TO ENTER THIS COMPETITION, PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE TO ANSWER A SIMPLE QUESTION: www.competitionshub.co.uk/competition/win-a-custom-designed-greeting-card-of-your-pet-worth-250-20

The closing date for entries is Monday September 26 at 12 midnight.

PLEASE NOTE: ENTRIES POSTED ON PETS MAGAZINE’S BLOG WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

Ts&Cs apply.

GOOD LUCK!

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Murphy’s Army Launches Campaign To Remember Fallen Animals

In a week when many are remembering the sacrifice of the 9/11 dogs, Murphy’s Army is inviting animal lovers to join with them in their Purple Poppy Campaign to remember all the fallen animals, and to ensure that their loyalty and courage is never forgotten.

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‘They had no choice’ are the words inscribed on the poignant Animals in War Memorial in Hyde Park which honours the many millions of animals, of all types and breeds, who died whilst serving alongside British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces over the years, and those who continue to give their lives today.

Over the past six weeks hundreds of poppies have been knitted or crocheted by an army of volunteers, all of whom have donated materials and their time to help. The poppies will go on sale at the beginning of October via the Murphy’s Army website and other online outlets, to raise funds for animals in need today.

As well as the traditional version for humans, a special poppy has been designed for animals to wear on their leads or collars.

Andy Smith, Founder of Murphy’s Army, said: “As an animal charity we strongly believe that animals lost in the course of duty should be remembered alongside their human counterparts. We’re not in any way advocating their involvement; we simply want to acknowledge the huge sacrifices that they too have made and ensure they are not forgotten.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to our campaign so far, and would like to thank everyone who’s lent their support. It’s been a humbling experience.”

Proceeds from the sale of the poppies will be split between Murphy’s Army and Bravo Working Dogs Rescue who are the only non-profit welfare organisation in the UK dedicated to the rescue of unwanted working dogs.

Debbie Connolly, Founder of Bravo Working Dogs Rescue, said: “I created Bravo to help the many retiring dogs from Police and Military who are otherwise sold or destroyed.

“These dogs are the reason your world is safer; they find bombs, drugs and guns, they catch criminals and lost children, they should spend their retirement in front of a fire, but many don’t.

“We thank Murphy’s Army for both their long campaign to help lost and stray dogs and for the honour of being included in this Purple Poppy fundraising event.”

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More information about the Campaign and details of how to order poppies can be found on the website murphysarmy.org.

Murphy’s Army is named in honour of Murphy, a Siberian husky, who went missing, believed stolen, in December 2014. His devastated family launched a social media campaign to help find him and the animal loving community took Murphy and his family to heart. In a very short space of time his plight was known not only across the UK, but worldwide.

Murphy was reunited some three months later, but the campaign did not stop there. The team, drawn together by Murphy’s absence, pledged to continue their efforts and so Murphy’s Army was born. In June 2016 they were granted charity status and are now a charity registered in England and Wales, Registered Charity Number 1167823. Their mission is to help reunite lost and stolen pets with their owners, raise pet theft awareness and promote pet safety, welfare and care across the UK.

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